Spring is in the air. Trees are budding, birds have returned and are building nests – especially in my planters on the porch, flowers are popping up everywhere. My favorite season of the year.
What is your favorite thoughts about spring?
Spring is a time of renewal – a time that the world around us blooms and sprouts in beauty – and there’s an innate desire within us to do the same. The heaviness of Winter is still lingering, but when the sun starts shining a little warmer, we desire to go into major spring cleaning mode.
“Spring Cleaning” anyone?
This could mean our homes, closets, eating habits, relationships, and maybe even a social media detox — who can’t use that every once in awhile!? Needless to say, we are thirsting to feel a little lighter, in more ways than one, when Spring finds us.
Here are a few ways you can feel lighter this Spring…
Simplify. Simplify your meals and you’ll feel like a brand new person. Meal planning, grocery shopping, having to think of what’s for dinner each night… it’s exhausting. Try eating very simply for the next week and see how things shift for you. Eat whole foods, with few ingredients and low prep time. Think mason jar salads or roasted broccoli and a small piece of grilled salmon. Simplicity.
Power Bowls are all the rage today and are really simple to throw together. You start with your healthy base – greens, beans, or grain and then add your vegetables and protein. You can prep on the weekends and throw them together super quick during the week.
Here’s a quick simple power bowl for lunch or dinner:
Favorite Greens / Cherry Tomatoes / Red Kidney Beans / Avocado with lime juice
When life gives you lemons. It may sound incredibly simple, but that’s what we’re doing here! Simple, beneficial changes that don’t overwhelm. Add a squeeze of lemon into your water in the morning (and throughout the day, if you wish) and enjoy the alkalizing, naturally detoxification benefits. Your digestive system will thank you and you’ll enjoy a nice boost of natural energy.
Start small. Make a list of what you’d like to de-clutter in your home. Start small, and make a list of which tasks have priority. Can you not even remember the last time you’ve worn one whole half of your closet? Start there. Start with whatever is the biggest burden on you. If you feel stressed and anxious while at home, look around and see if there is clutter. You’ll be surprised to find that the state of your surroundings has a huge impact on your overall well-being.
Improvements.What have you been hoping to add to your life to give it more value? Have you been meaning to start painting again? Have you been promising yourself for months that you were finally going to start working out, or reading more? What instantly pops in your head when you read this? Start by adding one thing in the next week that will improve the quality of your life. Perhaps that’s a new, relaxing evening ritual or a commitment to get bi-weekly massages for stress relief. Pick one thing, and go for it!
Baby steps coupled with consistent, daily action will get you there in no time, without overwhelm.
I’d love to hear what you pick. Let me know what new thing you’re going to start next week to add more quality to your days in our members Facebook Group Healthy Living for Life and I’ll let you know what I picked!